You did miss a great speech. Ray Anderson's efforts strike me as a spectacular example of how potent a commitment to values can be. Seems to me it's one thing to radically change your thinking, quite another to have the courage to change your behavior (particularly in such a broad and consequential manner).
My description of the way Mr. Anderson was dressed was not actually intended as a critique. Rather, it was intended to highlight the fact that he spoke to us from outside the "outdoor industry." (Odd as it might seem, among the thousands of people doing business at the Outdoor Retailer, you really do have to work pretty hard to find anyone wearing the conventional business uniform).
The point of making this distinction was to suggest that in an industry that sustains itself through a connection to wild places and a clean environment, you might expect to find more examples like Ray Anderson among the ranks. I don't fault Mr. Anderson for wearing a tie during his OIA keynote, on the contrary, I find his example all the more inspiring because he has made the commitment to sustainability simply on the grounds that not to do so would be "manifestly wrong" (his words).
For all I know, Ray Anderson spends 90 days a year in the backcountry. But if he does, he didn't mention it. And if he doesn't, then his example is even more compelling. Those of us who love being outside and find spiritual/aesthetic sustenance from wild places would seem to have more at stake than people who don't. Not only am I impressed by what Ray Anderson has done, I'm grateful for the example he has created as well.